Achieving Thyroid Balance with Natural Remedies and Nutrition


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Posted by Lynda (Brisbane qld aust.) on 01/19/2006

I have been taking iodine, Lugol's 6 drops a day for a few months now, my problem being hypothyroidism. My general health has improved, but going by my urine test i am only half way there. I'm sure by the time i have my next test i will feel great!

Replied by Catherine
(Wellington, New Zealand)

Where do you get your lugols? I can't buy it here and on my frequent visits to Sydney have not been able to get it there either ... none of the pharmacists I have ever asked have even heard of it.

Replied by Bev
(Long Beach, Ca Usa)

I get Lugols from my local fish store. Find one that sells products for salt water aquariums. Iodine is essential for salt water tanks. In my area I go to Strictly Fish.

Posted by Donna (Aspen, CO) on 11/24/2005

I am encouraging people to get their doctor to test their thyroid these days, as I have found so many people in dangerous levels. Turns out that doctors do not just test it automatically, you have to ask. And, they aren't up to date with reading the results, anything over 2. for the TSH is going bad. 1.5 is perfect. Old rules were 3. was okay.

Posted by Donna (Aspen)

Glad you are so interested. Yes! The iodine dyes the skin--sort of-- it is suposed to, so you can see when it's gone. Your skin isn't really dyed--as it absorbs into the skin. If it absorbs (disappears) before 24 hours then you are iodine deficient. If you buy the colorless iodine then you will never know if you are iodine deficient or not. As 80% of us in the U.S. are iodine deficient, it's a good guess you are one of us! I painted a friend visiting from Europe--her painting lasted 75 hours!!! There's no fluoride, chlorine or bromade in their water or bread. So, her thyroid is working, her body did not absorb it because she had sufficient iodine in her, and she is 67 years old. The thyroid cleans the blood every 17 minutes and sends out messages in the blood to care for the hormones and all of your glands and organs. If the thyroid is iodine deficient then it cannot work properly. The good news is that you can abuse your throid for 10 years or more before it just cannot do it's job, and then it slowly goes out. It starts by depriving something- whatever it feels is least important to your well being, your face may break out, your hair may get thin or dry, you may get dark circles under your eyes, you may feel dizzy or slow. It's not something you really even notice for years, and then something bad happens.....cancer, diabetes, heart attack (impurities in the blood cause the vessels to clog), etc. The good news is it only takes the thyroid 3 months to be strong again with feeding it iodine. However, I will paint every day because our society is so busy depleting iodine in our food. It used to be in our soils, it raines down on us from the sky, now we pesticide and chemicalize our soil to death. Just don't forget that the thyroid regulates how much oxygen gets into the blood. So, take another simplistic step back & go to "iodine" and cure your thyroid.

More regarding your thyroid: your thyroid is 65% iodine. It also regulates the oxygen that gets into your cells. Lack of sufficient oxygen in your cells is the root of all cancers. And, everyone who has died from cancer is found to have a deficient thyroid gland. A low body temperature (under 97.6) is also caused by low thyroid function, this is your first signal that something is wrong. Sea Kelp pills also supply iodine......painting though, w/ iodine, is always there for your thyroid to feed on! Lugols is a stronger iodine, it is 6%, so just doing the math-- if 2% should stay on for 24 hours then Lugols should stay on 72 hours. Just go with the drug store 2% variety, mine is Swan brand, and watch it absorb, if yours disappears really quickly then as a daily painting you could use the stronger Lugols. Or you can buy Iodoral tablets on the web. They are 12% iodine. I take one every other day. However your thyroid can only absorb a very small amount everyday, you cannot force it to drink more than it can absorb naturally. The excess isn't wasted though, it uses the excess that you feed it daily to help regulate the organs and blood. But I feel that painting is the best, I will paint every day the rest of my life. Hope your iodine stays on for days!

Iodized Salt

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Posted by Annie (Branson, Missouri) on 03/04/2011

If you are experiencing enlargement of your thyroid (goiter), try using iodized salt on your food. Generous use of iodized salt gave me relief within a few days.


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Posted by John (South Africa) on 05/19/2014

I began taking kelp as a source of iodine, I noticed an immediate improvement in my weight loss but I began to suffer with sinus issues and had very low energy. After a few days a thick white coating with an odd taste appeared on my tongue. I think it might have been a case of mercury contamination in kelp "feeding" yeast overgrowth. I've not suffered with any type of yeast overgrowth before and having gone off the kelp, my symptoms have alleviated.


Posted by Chrs (Wichita, Ks) on 12/25/2014

Was just wondering if anyone has tried leech therapy for the swelling and inflammation during active thyroid eye disease. Would be interested in hearing about the experience and pros or cons to it's use.


Magnet Therapy

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Posted by Timh (Ky) on 04/08/2016 2063 posts

Liz: You are welcome.

I get the feeling that people are reluctant to try Magnet Therapy especially on the Thyroid, so I will respond be not afraid as there is no evidence of harm. I use strong magnets, but one should at least begin removing bad energy, inflammation, and infection with a simple Refrigerator Magnet. From my personal experience in a variety of conditions and body parts, Magnets are the single best place to start a cure. So many conditions never respond favorably to many treatments whether conventional or alternative because of the "preconditions" of bad energy, inflammation, and infection.

Recently I have found Zapping almost completely ineffective for local infection in my joints & lower spine until I discovered Magnet Therapy was absolutely necessary prior to Zapping. So now, I do this sequence as a rule-of-thumb on joints or even sensitive parts like thyroid & Thymus glands. Speaking of the Thymus Gland, in relation to the Thyroid, there could very well be a connection with especially the autoimmunity. Any toxin like Fluoride, zenobiotic, parasite, or infection in the Thymus Gland will produce immune dysfunction of many types as the Thymus is "the brain" of the immune system. For starters, one should use a Refrigerator Magnet on both these glands and also do a "tapping" with a fingertip to both heal & stimulate these glands back to normal.

MB, TSP, STS, Lugol's, Turp, Borax

Posted by Cj (Texas, US) on 11/16/2014

Hi all,

I would like to know if there are any known issues with the following remedies. More specifically, if they would interact/hinder each other.

Borax, sodium thiosulfate, turpentine, methylene blue, lugol's iodine, trisodium phosphate. I guess I should add in my thyroid medication Armor.

My current regiment is to take Borax M-Th as told by Ted 1/8 tsp. First thing in the morning I'll take 1 drop of 2.3% MB - that gets put into a cup and mixed with 1000mg of ascorbic acid. Fr-Sun I'll take 12-30mg of Lugol's. No MB on those days, or if I do, I put 12 hours between them.

TSP I'll take after work, 1 oz of a solution (1/2 tsp in liter water).

I plan on taking STS and turpentine on different days since they are so powerful. Perhaps Saturday and Wednesday nights before bed.

Anyone see any issues with this? I also take sodium bicarb after lunch and dinner.

Replied by Benton

What is MB and STS?

EC: MB = Methylene Blue
STS = Sodium Thiosulfate


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Posted by CH (PD, FL, USA) on 02/06/2009

In my search to find out what is wrong with me since November 2006. Doctors have not yet figured it out. The only thing one of the doctors has decided is that (first I had hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms) and now they have decided that I have hypothyroid, They placed me on synthroid 50 mcg, which seems to make my problem worse. I started doing some natural stuff for my thyroid and when I go next week for my thyroid check I will know if it is working. I did not continue taking the synthroid at this time. The doctors can't figure out why my heart does the things that it does (races, drops beats, feels like it my heart trembles inside all of the time, feels like my heart stops for a second and then jumps back into starting, and then about every four months my heart with start beating with a fast rage and I wind up calling 911). They are now checking to see if it is cardiomyopathy. I will keep you posted, but in the meantime while I was doing research on the internet (which I don't gues doctors ever do) I found this interesting artcle below:

Histamine aggravated levothyroxine-induced cardiomyopathy in guinea pigs.
Hu HJ, Dai DZ, Shen YM.

Department of Pharmacology of Chinese Materia Medica, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China.

AIM: To study effects of histamine on cardiomyopathy.

METHODS: Cardiomyopathy model was developed in guinea pig by i.p. levothyroxine 0.5 for 10 d. Langendroff's hearts were perfused. ECG and contractile force were recorded. Histamine (5 micrograms) was given by intra-aortic injection. Histamine content of coronary venous effluent was determined fluorometrically.

RESULTS: Attack of histamine on cardiomyopathy was severer than that in normal hearts. Tachycardia was more prominent; atrioventricular conduction block occurred earlier; decrease in coronary flow was more marked. Uptakes of histamine were 37% in the model and 19% in the normal hearts (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION: Histamine aggravated levothyroxine-cardiomyopathy.

Generic Name: levothyroxine (LEE voe thy ROX een)
Brand names: Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid

Zhongguo Yao Li Xue Bao. 1997 Mar;18(2):159-60

I then wondered if my symptoms got worse because of the synthroid

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, TX)

i just read your post and wanted to say that virtually all the women in my family suffer from various thyroid conditions. my mom being the worst - she was always cold and had VERY dry skin and even developed a fatty patch over the place where her thyroid is. she has the condition where calcium in any form is very bad for her too - too much calcium in her blood - this has something to do with her thyroid. the doctor has never given her medication for this. i started taking VCO and found that i was no longer cold. also my skin was not so dry and neither was my hair - but it was the cold that really bothered me. i told my mom about it and she started taking it too. i hadn't seen her in about 6 months and she came to visit and we were all amazed at the transformation in my mom. she looked at least 10 years younger!!! her skin was amazing - and she says she feels great.

i got sick of VCO after taking it a while and quit. after a month or so i realized that i was getting cold hands and feet again and then started to suffer from being cold again. since then i have started taking it again and the symptoms are going away.

have you tried VCO? i guess you have since you wrote you are trying natural remedies. my mom's doctor has even heard about it.

Replied by T
(Maryland, USA)

Have you been tested for thyroid antibodies? The fact that you have both hyper and hypo symptoms should prompt an antibody check to help determine if you have Hashimoto's. You want to get both TPOAb and TgAb tested. This link has some detailed info (not a sales link):

Don't take the doctor's word for "normal" results - get the figures and reference ranges from the lab yourself and research at thyroid forums. You will find helpful and knowledgable people if you read around. The ignorance of many doctors in regards to thyroid conditions is appalling. From your scenario, I personally would be finding another doctor who understands thyroid problems and is flexible and open about treatment (some flatly refuse to prescribe natural meds like Armour, for instance, even when a patient is obviously doing badly on synthetics like Synthroid - big pharma money in their pockets, I'm sure). Check some thyroid forums and ask for recommendations for a good doc in your area.

In the meantime, be sure you're getting ample magnesium and potassium. These may help with the palpitations, and will help support heart health at any rate. A banana a day and some calcium magnesium citrate liquid from the health store would be good. Best of luck and please do update us.


Hi, I've been having issues with my thyroid. I had a partial thyroidectomy in December, (they also found cancer but they got it all) I have tested positive for antibodies for both Graves and Hashimotos. Months later I'm still hyperthyroid. I also now have a nodule on my remaining side. What are some holistic ways to treat this situation? I eat organic and exercise regularly. I'm not willing to take medications. Any help would be appreciated.

Diana M.

Please fix your gut. I have had Hashimotos for 20 years and only recently discovered Garden of Life HSO Probioics in supplement form to repair my guy. I also QUIT sugar, dairy and gluten just to give my gut a break. I can tell you after 2 months the difference is absolutely amazing. I could sit here and type paragraph after paragraph of ailments I have had and improvements that I now have from changing what I have and adding that probiotic. I am also taking Garden of Life RAW one a day vitamin, 15K Vitamin D3 per day, ZINC, Iodine, selenium, 30 mg of Melatonin per night before bed, I take a few others but I 100 percent believe these have made me feel more alive. I have my follow up next month to test my thyroid and antibodies.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)
495 posts

Hello CH, In reading your e-mail a few things come to mind. The first is that B vitamins and magnesium both have a lot to do with the heart. The B vitamins can also kick a sluggish thyroid into gear to function better and not likely to create more problems for you to deal with. I suggest that you get a good B complex vitamin and a magnesium supplement.

The next thing that came to mind is that heart problems & irregularities can be caused by ingestion of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame, so you need to google "excitotoxins" to find names that MSG is hidden under in ingredients lists and start looking for them in foods. Aspartame is usually labeled as such or Nutrisweet or Equal. Any hydrolyzed plant (corn, soy, pea, etc)protein contains both MSG and aspartame.

If you are into diet foods or drinks, please stop them while you google the above toxins.

Replied by Pammy

I am wondering about the histamine issue and how this turned out for you. My dear friend has taken Taposol for 30 yrs. I wonder if it has histamine in it and has caused her cardiomyopathy? Have tried researching and have not found anything but I am guessing it might. Anyone know?

Replied by Holly

What about Armour thyroid? I had a very inflamed thyroid with nodules. After 2 years of armour thyroid, my thyroid is normal and nodules gone. Healthy eating, supplements, etc were just not enough for me.

Posted by Gina (lethbridge, Ab/canada) on 01/01/2009

For 11 years, following major surgery for endometrial tumors, I had been plagued with so many symptoms, multiplying and worsening year after year. I eat only whole vegetarian foods, meditate, exercise, pray, love, and have tried every (believe me, Every!) natural remedy! Doctors want to prescribe antidepressants if you have too many complaints, or drug after drug to address each symptom.

I had night sweats (soaked through 4-6 changes of p.j.s every night) insomnia, painfully cold hands and feet, severe heart palpitations ( heart would Stop for a moment, then race to catch up, would sometimes make me collapse) nightmares, insomnia, muscle pain, chronic fatigue, painful menstruation, anxiety, phlegm,phlegm, phlegm, chronic cough, nasal drip, pelvic pain, constipation, diarhea, nausea, skin rashes, dizziness, fogginess, an indescribable feeling of unwellness, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia... the list goes on and was unbearable and no wonder it sounded like hypochondria. I urge anyone who has many symptoms that they can't seem to resolve to check out I stumbled upon it and it has saved my life. The remedy is liothyronine...a natural substance normally produced by your body. It is not easy to find a physician who will work with you on this, but try. I only take one capsule per day, as opposed to cycling on and off the medication like the website says. It made life worth living for me again.

EC: Liothyronine (Brand names: Cytomel, Triostat) is a medication prescribed to treat thyroid issues.

"Liothyronine sodium is a synthetic (man-made) version of one of the two hormones made by the thyroid gland, triiodothyronine. It is used for treating individuals who are hypothyroid (do not produce enough thyroid hormones)." Source

More information here:

Natural Thyroid

Posted by Aloha (Las Vegas, US) on 10/16/2014

It appears they have changed the formula of this natural dessicated thyroid med. that everyone has been seeing good results with please see link:


Posted by Tbird (Louisville, Ky) on 12/16/2011

Has anyone had experience with hyper- functioning thyroid nodules. Possibly Plummer's disease. I am at the point of either surgery or radiation. I would really appreciate any successful stories of healing such naturally. Thank you in advance.

Replied by Tina
(Houston, Us)

Pranic healing is an alternative healing that is very effective on glandular issues. Please google it and find a reputable healer to do this for you. Within a few sessions you will see results.

Posted by Meadowsweet (Halifax, England, Uk) on 04/20/2011

Does anyone know a natural cure for thyroid nodules with mild hyperT, please? I've found how someone found relief using ACV/baking soda, co-enzyme, selenium and L-lysine, which I plan to try, but that remedy was for hyperT caused by Graves Disease, I think. My problem is thyroid nodules which seem to be making thyroxine on their own. I'm waiting to see a specialist but the possible problem seems to be Plummer's Disease (i. E. Toxic multinodular goitre). I'm not on any medication. Thanks.


Replied by Umran
(Halifax, UK)

How you doing now, my friend. Anxious to know. I live in Halifax and I have been suffering with thyroid. Hard to sleep at night.

Posted by Jenny (Morehead City, Nc, Usa) on 10/14/2010

After the birth of my son almost 5 yrs ago, my birth control choice was Mirena I.U.D.. Up until the day that it was implanted, I was steadily losing the baby weight, that first day-I stopped losing and began gaining, slowly. I didn't attribute this to the choice but, to the fact of relocating, taking in a foster child in addition to 2- 8 yr olds and a newborn, life... I had it in for three yrs before tieing my tubes and that's when my OB/GYN found the nodules and sent me for the ultrasound. My question is: Is there a home remedy that could help reduce the size of the nodules and help alleviate the obvious hypothyroidism the birth control caused?

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)

In this slide show on scribd. com:
Look at slides 36 and 48 and 81, where the word "nodules" is found in a Searchbox (must have the item locally on your computer, not just in the viewing window to be able to use Search). They say nodules in ANY tissue are from iodine deficiency, not from any disease. But another document I have says that a shortage of Selenium and magnesium will result in those nodules. That makes sense too since all the Iodine doctors are clear that Selenium is required to get the iodine where it can be used! So, an easy and harmless route to try for a few weeks if you're in no hurry is to make sure you get foods high in Se, like brazil nuts, cruciferous= cabbage family veggies like broccoli, brussels sprouts, and then garlic. But try to get some foods with Iodine in them at the same time (dulse seaweed, etc)

If you do want to go the LUGOLS iodine route, then just heed the slide 36 note that on their high doses of 50-150 milligrams per day, after 1 month one should get a thyroid panel to ensure you haven't gone hyperthyroid! (BTW, 1 drop LUGOLS 5% contains 6. 25mg total iodines. )
Or you can take a lot lower starting dose of LUGOLS, say 1 or 2 drops per day. That will still give you more intake than over 95% of people get today. The iodine taste is easily hidden by putting in milk, or fruit juice a few ounces.

Replied by Dixie Pearl
(Tracy, California)

Tom from Regina, I also have nodules, I was told I need to have my thyroid removed, I have a goiter also, I am also hyperthyroid, when I read about taking iodine, it nearly always talks about hypoT.

I need help fast, I only have until the end of this month, I came off the medication I am talking for hyperthyroid and I'm sure the DR will be able to tell I did that, if I can't find something fast to help this problem, I just don't want to have my thyroid removed, I feel sure there is help for me naturally. Can anyone help thank you

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
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Go to and find the listing for the yahoo groups, there is one that teaches the use of iodine and nutrients for healing your thyroid, The owner of the group is a Naturepathic Doctor, she is a recovered thyroid CA patient.

Raw Food Diet

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Posted by Andi (St. Paul, Mn) on 11/03/2010

If you have thyroid disease, can you eat cruciferous vegetables? I have read that you should avoid them completely, and other sources say you can have them as long as they are cooked. Thanks.

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